Mozilla recommended privacy extension had "phone-home" feature

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  1. RGiskardR

    RGiskardR Malware Tester Silver Member

    A browser extension for the Firefox web browser that Mozilla recommended on its official Firefox blog as one of the extensions to make the "Firefox browser a privacy superpower" had phone-home functionality baked into the extension that would submit the current URL and previously visited URLs to a server in Germany on every website load.

    Web Security, the name of the add-on, claims to protect users actively "from malware, tampered websites or phishing sites". The extension has more than 223,000 users according to Mozilla AMO and a rating of 3.7 out of 5.

    Mozilla wrote on the official site:

    Web Security is a sophisticated browser add-on that uses an extensive database to prevent websites from harming your computer or obtaining your sensitive data. Users are often lured to open counterfeit websites of banks, by convincing emails. The Web Security extension will help you detect these counterfeit sites so that you will not be decoyed to enter your sensitive information where it is not safe.

    The organization removed the recommendation from the official blog post after allegations were made that the extension transmitted data to a server in Germany on every connect.

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